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Heart Disease in Oklahoma

  • In 2014, heart disease was the leading cause of death in Oklahoma, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths.
  • Almost 10,000 Oklahomans died from heart disease in 2014
  • From 2000 to 2012, heart disease death rates decreased among Oklahomans in the 55-64, 65-74, and 75 years and older age groups, but increased slightly or remained approximately the same in the 35-54 year age group and the 35 and younger age group.
  • The heart disease death rate was 50% higher among Oklahoma males than females in 2012.
  • In 2012, heart disease death rates were highest among non-Hispanic Blacks and American Indians.  These rates were nearly twice as high as the rate among Hispanics. 
  • In 2010-2012 combined, the percent of premature deaths from heart disease (those occurring in individuals under the age of 75) was 38.4% for non-Hispanic Whites, 58.2% for non-Hispanic Blacks, 55.5% for non-Hispanic American Indians, and 58.8% for Hispanics.
  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, poor diet, and diabetes are the leading causes of cardiovascular disease.

*Only about half of the people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.

Stroke In Oklahoma

  • Stroke is a time-sensitive, medical emergency that occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. 
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious disability in the U.S.
  • In 2014, stroke was the 5th leading cause of death in Oklahoma, accounting for more than 1 in 20 deaths.
  • More than 1,800 Oklahomans died from stroke in 2014.

*In 2014, Oklahoma had the 9th worst death rate from stroke in the nation.

The Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce heart disease and stroke by implementing activities related to hypertension detection and control.

The main emphasis of efforts is within health systems and health communications with the primary focus on reducing hypertension, or high blood pressure.

Current Projects include:

  • Promoting the use of effective quality measures to decrease the percentage of Oklahomans with undiagnosed hypertension.

If you have any questions regarding heart disease or stroke or are interested in the current projects, please contact The Center for the Advancement of Wellness at 405-271-3619.

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